PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to unearth the next Lee Chong Wei.
While the main focus is currently on the ‘fourth generation’ of singles shuttlers in Lee Zii Jia, Cheam June Wei and Leong Jun Hao, BAM will not overlook the younger batch currently under chief coach Datuk Misbun Sidek.
Coaching director Wong Choong Hann is particularly pleased with the development of three under-19 prospects – Ng Tze Yong, Lim Chong King and Aidil Sholeh Ali Sadikin (pic).
The trio have been training with the seniors for nearly six months since their promotion in January. Tze Yong and Aidil were the quarter-finalists at last year’s World Junior Championships in Canada.
And Choong Hann will unleash these players in six to eight satellite tournaments over the second half of this year.
If all goes according to plan, Choong Hann expects the trio to start delivering by the end of 2020.
There have been three generation of shuttlers who have failed to succeed Chong Wei.
Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Tan Chun Seang and Chan Kwong Beng were part of the first batch; followed by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the second while the third comprise the likes of Joo Ven, Chi Wing, Soo Teck Zhi and Chong Yee Han.